A LETTER TO THE GOOD CITIZEN OF NIGERIA
Nigeria of today is facing intractable security challenges, making life extremely tedious. Corruption and inefficiency at all levels of governance is inflicting untold hardship on the citizens. Successive governments and the political elite have so far been unable to reverse the ominous trend. The country is said to harbour the poorest people on earth. Her electric power supply situation is described as the worst across the globe. There’s palpable tension everywhere across the country exacerbating the fault lines as defined by ethnicity and religion. Lack of gainful employment has forced millions of able-bodied youths to flee the country in search of greener pastures. Some risk their lives trekking across the Sahara Desert and crossing the Mediterranean Sea on rafts just to escape the untold hardship in the country. Others turn themselves to cannon fodder in the hands of very wicked insurgency elements who take up arms against their country while many others find succour in burglary, arm robbery and kidnapping for ransom.
Without any doubt, the extent of decay is very profound and continues to metastasize. But I have a robust confidence that it is possible for the good citizens of Nigeria to come together, think big and bold and make a determined effort to change the sordid narrative. My confidence is borne out of the fact that Nigeria is blessed with abundant human and natural resources, excellent weather conditions and a teeming population of energetic and highly resourceful youths.
True as it is that intermittent leadership failure has been a source of the country’s misfortune, it is not a good enough reason for the good citizens to throw up their hands in the air, do nothing and watch their common patrimony go to wrack and ruin. The situation calls for the concerted effort of every good citizen of Nigeria to join hands and salvage the country through a massive, unprecedented self-help industrialization programme designed to create jobs for millions of Nigerians, lift them out of abject poverty while also spreading goodwill across the country.
This proposal has the potential to be the game changer for Nigeria. I want you reading this to know that there is a strong case to be made, that the good citizens of Nigeria can cause this happen with or without government support. We must avoid a future of wearing the label of the giant of Africa goes cap-in-hand begging for foreign aids to finance her budget after failing so abysmally to rise to her deserved position of leadership amongst the comity of developed nations.
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Ten Qualities of the Good Citizen of Nigeria
The good citizen of Nigeria:
1. Is law abiding and respects the constituted authority.
2. Shows loyalty and patriotism to the country.
3. Loves Nigeria and always renders selfless service.
4. Shows courtesy and respect for the rights of other people.
5. Is trustworthy, honest and ready to do what is right at all times.
6. Defends the peace, progress and unity of Nigeria.
7. Has self-discipline, highly resilient and ethical.
8. Resourceful, courageous and bold.
9. Acts in a manner that brings honour to Nigeria.
10. Fair and just in all his/her dealings.